It’s hard to find a medical condition more common than varicose veins. Tens of millions of people in the United States suffer from mild to severe varicose veins. Not too long ago if you wanted to have your varicose veins treated, only major surgery was available. Today, a minimally invasive laser treatment will remove the varicose vein permanently with little or no recovery time.
With the development of laser treatment, vein stripping is rarely done because laser treatment has replaced it as the treatment of choice. Laser treatments have a high success rate with little or no discomfort. With the vast improvement in procedures, it really is the ideal time to have those varicose veins treated and reap the benefits of laser treatments.
Having your varicose veins treated means you can feel better about your appearance and wear summer clothing and swimwear without embarrassment or self-consciousness.
If your varicose veins are causing you pain or discomfort, laser treatments may be your best option. When you have a consultation with Dr. Rayman, your veins may be tested with ultrasound or other tests so he can make a diagnosis. The affected veins can be clearly seen whether they are on the surface just under the skin or deeper inside the legs. This makes it possible for the doctor to pinpoint the exact place where the tiny incision should be made for the laser treatment.
Many people develop varicose veins because they don’t get enough exercise and sit or stand for long periods. The main causes of varicose veins are:
- Sedentary lifestyle
Varicose veins can also cause swelling that hinders your normal movement, making you less active. Laser treatment can get rid of the cause of swelling and allow you to move about normally as you did before the condition developed.
During the laser treatment procedure, a laser fiber with a catheter is inserted through a tiny incision into the vein. While this is done, the vein is viewed on a computer screen with ultrasound. The endovenous laser treatment safely destroys the vein using the heat from the laser.
Laser treatments for varicose veins do not require a stay in the hospital and can be done in our office with local anesthesia. After the procedure, you can return home. There is a possibility of slight aching or a burning sensation but this may go away in a day or two.
Laser treatments are among the most widely used treatments because of the many benefits they offer and the predictable success outcomes. If you are among the many people whose lives are disturbed by varicose veins, you can take comfort knowing that truly remarkable treatments are now available.